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One Minute on Earth

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Marriages, moves, packages, and heartbeats: a lot can happen in a single minute on Earth.

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Soviet-era art may best be memorialized in the unfortunate form of propaganda posters, but a more pleasant take on Cold War creativity can be found in Russian illustrations of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit—quite a contrast to the author’s own designs of what his fantasy world looked like. Maurice Sendak’s attempt to illustrate The Hobbit was more short-lived.

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Drones have plenty of more controversial uses, but there’s no arguing the value of technology that allows us to witness the sight of a volcanic eruption from an up-close, bird’s-eye view.

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Some jellybean combinations come together naturally, but others—French vanilla and kiwi, chocolate pudding and chili mango—might take a gustatory leap of faith.

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For some dogs, there is such a thing as love at first sniff.

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The record-breaking, all-star group selfie Ellen DeGeneres posted live from the 2014 Academy Awards has gone viral all around the world – even in the politically tense streets of Turkey, where a group of protestors recreated the iconic shot in the back of a police van.

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With the right guidance, every cut of chicken is potentially delicious.

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What’s cuter than a tiny penguin? A tiny penguin in a sweater.

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The Secret Underground Life of Newborn Meerkat Pups
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The Secret Underground Life of Newborn Meerkat Pups. Nature photographers fitted a meerkat with a camera to get a look inside.

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America’s Secret Ice Base Won’t Stay Frozen Forever. When the glacier hiding it is gone, environmental hazards will be exposed.

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All 11 Versions of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Ranked. With each described in excruciating detail.

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How Tennessee Became the Final Battleground in the Fight for Suffrage. The process was much dirtier than we ever learned in school.

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A Remix in Tribute to Han Solo. He had a lot of great lines over four films, so Eclectic Method gave them rhythm and rhyme.

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Ishmael Beah tells what it was like to go from child soldier in Sierra Leone to high school student in New York. His classmates couldn't figure out why he was so good at paintball.

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A Brief History of Credit Cards. They aren't as old as you might have thought.

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10 Allegedly Cursed Objects. Just keep telling yourself that all the bad things that happened around them could be coincidence.

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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber
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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber. When news outlets couldn't get to Montana in time, J-school volunteers went into action.

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Kottabos, the Ancient Greek Drinking Game. The skill involved was flinging wine from one's own cup at a target.

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An Acid Trip with Groucho Marx. Yeah, he did LSD. At age 77.

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How Creedence Clearwater Revival Became the Soundtrack to Every Vietnam War Movie. It's not only because those songs take you to that specific era.

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Owen KC Stephens tells a wonderful story about the time an elderly British couple wanted to learn how to play a Star Wars role-playing game. They didn't know what a role-playing game was, but they knew what they were doing.

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These Freaky Fish Can Turn Their Eyes Into Flashlights. The triplefin is tiny, but controls its own super power.

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Unauthorized Dwelling at Yale. Student Allan Kornfeld couldn't afford the dorm charges, so he lived in a campus ventilation shaft for his senior year.

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The Resistance Group That Battled Hitler With Words. The students who worked under the name White Rose paid dearly for their efforts.

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